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State AGs, Climate Groups Blast 'McCarthy-Like Overreach," Refuse to Comply WitBlasting 'McCarthy-Like Overreach," State AGs, Climate Groups Refuse to Comply With GOP Subpoenah GOP Subpoena


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State AGs, Climate Groups Blast 'McCarthy-Like Overreach," Refuse to Comply WitBlasting 'McCarthy-Like Overreach," State AGs, Climate Groups Refuse to Comply With GOP Subpoenah GOP Subpoena

Andrea Germanos, staff writer

The House Science Committee's effort to obtain documents and information related to the ExxonKnew investigations was met with a brick wall on Wednesay after state attorneys general and nonprofit organizations refused to comply with a subpoena, calling it an "intimidation tactic" and "McCarthy-like overreach" that violates the First Amendment.


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Big Oil = Big Brother


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This reminds me of a discussion i had some time back with another CD commenter who was supporting Lamar Smith as an agent of positive change. I challenged this assessment, and find this latest report as further evidence of faux progressive politics in charge of Texas. Lamar Smith is BIG Oil, and BIG Oil has no plans to reduce its stranglehold on politricks.


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On what grounds?


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Check out "Electric Cars and Solar". Big Fossil will not go gently into the night:

The Future Is Here! Are you ready?

In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt.
What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 year - and most people don't see it coming. Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on paper film again?

Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore's law. So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a long time, before it became way superior and got mainstream in only a few short years. It will now happen with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs. Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution. Welcome to the Exponential Age.

Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.
Uber is just a software tool, they don't own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world. Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don't own any properties.

Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected. In the US, young lawyers already don't get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans. So if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% less lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain. Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, 4 time more accurate than human nurses. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.

Autonomous cars: In 2018 the first self driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You don't want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while driving. Our kids will never get a driver's licence and will never own a car. It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% less cars for that. We can transform former parking space into parks. 1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 100,000 km, with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in 10 million km. That will save a million lives each year.

Most car companies might become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels. I spoke to a lot of engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; they are completely terrified of Tesla.

Insurance companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, the insurance will become 100x cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear.
Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute, people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighborhood.
Electric cars will become mainstream until 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all cars will run on electric. Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can only now see the impact. Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. The price for solar will drop so much that all coal companies will be out of business by 2025.
With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter. We don't have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for nearly no cost.

Health: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There will be companies who will build a medical device (called the "Tricorder" from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and you breath into it. It then analyses 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medicine, nearly for free.

3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies started 3D printing shoes. Spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of spare parts they used to have in the past.
At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3D scanning possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoe at home. In China, they already 3D printed a complete 6-storey office building. By 2027, 10% of everything that's being produced will be 3D printed.

Business opportunities: If you think of a niche you want to go in, ask yourself: "in the future, do you think we will have that?" and if the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner? If it doesn't work with your phone, forget the idea. And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed in to failure in the 21st century.

Work: 70-80% of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs in such a small time.

Agriculture: There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future. Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all days on their fields. Aeroponics will need much less water. The first Petri dish produced veal is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows. Imagine if we don't need that space anymore. There are several startups who will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It will be labeled as "alternative protein source" (because most people still reject the idea of eating insects).

There is an app called "moodies" which can already tell in which mood you are. Until 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions if you are lying. Imagine a political debate where it's being displayed when they are telling the truth and when not.

Bitcoin will become mainstream this year and might even become the default reserve currency.

Longevity: Right now, the average life span increases by 3 months per year. Four years ago, the life span used to be 79 years, now it's 80 years. The increase itself is increasing and by 2036, there will be more that one year increase per year. So we all might live for a long long time, probably way more than 100.

Education: The cheapest smart phones are already at $10 in Africa and Asia. Until 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone. That means, everyone has the same access to world class education. Every child can use Khan academy for everything a child learns at school in First World countries. We have already released our software in Indonesia and will release it in Arabic, Suaheli and Chinese this Summer, because I see an enormous potential. We will give the English app for free, so that children in Africa can become fluent in English within half a year.


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Artificial intelligence will be used to fight wars using robots of assorted types and artificial intelligence will not suffer from conscience or nervous breakdown, but will ensure 100% accuracy targetting of civilian victims. Nor will artificial intelligence fear radiation poisoning, poison gas or bacteriological warfare.If one needs an "app" to know one's mood, one is indeed a pathetic individual.

There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future. Farmers in 3rd world countries will become redundant as they are forced off their land by transnational agricultural corporations using robot farmers. Just as the tractor driver employed at three dollars a day by a corporation forced off the share-cropper in Steinbeck's "Graspes of Wrath".

Any idea designed for success in the 21st century will take human fraility out of the algorithm and thus we shall most certainly screw ourselves mightily.

Artificial intelligence will be used for profit and control by the few and impoverishment and enslavement of the many.No, scrub enslavement; slaves have to be fed and housed at their owner's expense.


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Anti-ageing and longevity. God spare us from that. At least even politicians and war criminals eventually die of old age.


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Well, once upon a time the British National Health Service provided "world-class" free medical care to all. All THAT took was political will. More likely some medical insurance corporation will use the technology to let you know that genetically you are of too great a risk to be covered by medical insurance and after transmitting your records around the world to all other such devices the device will tell you that you can bugger off and die somewhere without any care or palliative.


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Corporate worshipers of the profitable past, like Exxon, will manipulate and twist and even kill to hold onto what was never theirs in the first place. Like in a war, we will have to battle them street by street, industry by industry, idea by idea, until they are so defeated that the future can arrive and make the lives of their PEOPLE better.


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On the other hand, elites will be forced to give us a guaranteed personal income or we won't be able to buy the shit their robots will produce.


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And the GOP circus act continues with clowns and all....guess they feel the need to look like they're earning their keep. With this ridiculous move, they are assuring their lobbyists that their "investments" (donations or gifts of trips, etc) are "safe" (more quid pro quo).


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I celebrate your optimism.As the elites don't give us a minimum wage to buy the shit we produce for them to sell to us, why would they give us a minimum wage to buy the shit that their robots produce. Rather, they will claim (and will be granted) that their robots deserve a tax subsidy from us.


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And here we go again.

Education. What a fantastic propaganda tool the smart phone will become.Syllabuses will be controlled by Big Brother or Big Sister. We will learn that greenies are terrorists and that CO2 has nothing to do with anthropogenic global heating, that entrpreneurial greed is the sole legitimate driver of human activity and that greed, is, in fact good. And that there is a Red or Muslim under every bed and that she or he might even be a RED greenie Muslim to boot, or jackboot, if there is a verb "to jackboot" (there is now). And how the smartphone will be used to monitor our every move and thought and mood as we gaze soulfully at posters of Big Sister or Big Brother adorning the streets.The posters of Big Brother will of course be one of those electronic responsive adverts that reacts to one's presence and will include an app telling Big Sister whatever might be your mood........

Funny that I should think the same as George Orwell, of whom I am just about a contemporary. Must have been the stuff they put in the free school milk of those pre-Thatcher days; ah, those damned cunning socialists!


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If we don't have the money to buy the stuff they sell, how will they make money?


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That's assuming they gain control of the Internet


#23

Really? I don't recall a George W. Bush impeachment...


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Damn that sounds good, we will then get about half way there, and then with more carbon in the atmosphere, even now, than the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs, belched up from Earth's crust, we croak.


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